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…And So it Begins

January 9, 2012

Today’s Ride: 80km—Lower Base Line and back

Weather: Cold, headwinds on the home leg

There’s a point, usually within an hour of finishing a long ride, where the body recovers and feels human again. For me, it’s usually a couple of minutes into the shower. The hot water helps to relieve and reheat. And all is well again. Which raises an interesting question: at what point did the body lose these sensations? Because while the return of these sensations is distinctly palpable, their loss is likely far more gradual. Indeed, it’s often only at the point of rediscovery that one realizes that the human-ness was lost in the first place.

I don’t know where I stopped feeling human on today’s ride. Quite possibly, it was after I turned into the wind along Britannia Rd. It was a long haul coming back straight into a strong wind. The sun even hid behind dark clouds for awhile, which added to the foreboding nature of the experience. There were good moments: climbing the short hill on Walker’s Line before continuing along Britannia, and fighting the same kind of climb on the way up to Cedar Springs Rd.—getting out of the saddle felt good, even if the wind and rolling hills threatened monotony. Feet getting progressively colder; neck and shoulders getting tense.

Whereas Saturday’s ride suggested a lack of fitness, today’s was easier. Perhaps best to write the weekend ride off as the remnants of a mild stomach upset, which set the body off kilter. Of course, the outward leg today enjoyed a tailwind that probably helped to get the legs started. As a matter of fact, the legs were spinning well. As part of the winter training, I’ve been trying to increase my cadence. Easily done on the outward leg—the bike was moving well. On the homeward leg, I maintained a high cadence, but that meant gearing down, which only extended the suffering.

Still no sign of snow…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. mikelpearce permalink
    January 10, 2012 6:06 pm

    80k on a Monday? I hate you.

    • January 10, 2012 6:08 pm

      Sorry. Had to force myself not to go out again today. Our lack of snow could be my undoing from a career perspective.

  2. mikelpearce permalink
    January 13, 2012 3:00 pm

    Your career prospects are looking up!

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